Paintings and sculpture come to life en pointe

Julia K. Gleich in the studio with dancers Tiffany Mangulabnan and Izabela SzylinskaNorte Maar is a think-tank dedicated to the creation, promotion and presentation of collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary and the performing arts. For the fourth time, it will present CounterPointe, an annual curated performance series featuring new work by women choreographers for pointe. Together with Brooklyn Ballet, Norte Maar unveils new works on April 8-10 in downtown Brooklyn’s The Actors Fund Arts Center.


For this iteration of CounterPointe, seven women choreographers have been paired with seven Brooklyn-based women visual artists to collaborate and create both a new physical and visual work by each—investigating the process of creation, inspiration and development.


CounterPointe will present collaborations by series curator Julia K. Gleich (Gleich Dances) with sculptor Rachel Beach, and Lynn Parkerson (Brooklyn Ballet) with artist Michelle Forsyth, as well as Kristin Draucker with sculptor Kara Daving, Brenda Neville (Neville Dance Theatre) with sculptor Courtney Puckett, Janice Rosario (Janice Rosario & Company) with painter Jessica Weiss, Ursula Verduzco with sculptor Sarah Bednarek, and Eryn Renee Young (XAOC Contemporary Ballet) with artist Amanda Browder.


Inaugurated in 2012, CounterPointe is focused on the presentation of new works by women choreographers for the pointe shoe. The series has been celebrated for breaking new ground expanding the ballet concert vocabulary, investigating new and historic territory, encouraging discussion and creating a forum for women, young or old, emerging or established, to take artistic risks.


“This year, Norte Maar’s CounterPointe is all about women collaborating,” explains Julia K. Gleich, co-founder of Norte Maar and originator of the CounterPointe Series. “Norte Maar pulls from its rich association with dancemakers and artists to bring a fresh new look at the ballet idiom and further the collaborative spirit while normalizing the role of women as creative leaders.”


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Photo: Julia K. Gleich in the studio with dancers Tiffany Mangulabnan and Izabela Szylinska. Photo via @gleichdances.